When recruiting, your first decision is whether to advertise a vacancy internally or externally.
Remember, in redundancy situations an employer should offer vacancies to existing staff. Employers have a duty to actively look for alternative positions for staff selected for redundancy.
Recruiting internally can negatively affect diversity. Likewise, asking existing staff members to source candidates can result in an existing demographic being over-represented at work.
Recruiting externally often makes a workplace more diverse. Not doing so may cause you discrimination law issues.
Advertise vacancies carefully to avoid discriminating against potential candidates. Using phrases like:
Application forms are increasingly popular because they:
Interview panels – a guide
If you do have an interview panel, members should:
Employers can make an offer conditional on receipt of a good reference from the candidate’s previous employer. If this is not included, then on receipt of a bad reference the employer would have to give notice (or pay in lieu of notice) to withdraw the offer.
The previous employer is not under an obligation to provide you with a reference unless:
Depending on the role the employee will carry out, the following checks can be made:
The offer letter can either:
Employers find probation periods useful because they:
Probation periods are common practice (except in cases of short-term contracts or senior employees).
Probation periods are usually three to six months long.
Yes. If the employer wants longer to decide about keeping the employee, they can extend the probation period so long as the contract stipulates this entitlement.
Be careful extending the probation period beyond 12 months, as the employee will gain unfair dismissal rights after one year’s continuous employment.
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